Giving a brick dwelling from the 1970’s a brand new appeal Bijl Architecture transformed the in Mosman Australia into cheerful and inviting contemporary home filled with natural light. The task presented a unique set of challenges that went beyond mere aesthetics as the home was nestled on the edge of a national park and integrating it with the greenery outside was an essential part of the makeover. The original brick structure was left largely untouched on the outside with the new addition in gray on the top level adding visual contrast and a hint of modernity to the classic edifice.
Designed to meet the demands of a family with a young child and a dog the modern-minimal interior had to be both refined and kid-friendly without seeming far too sterile or impersonal. This was accomplished using a combination of raw textures and wood along with a neutral backdrop and pops of bright color.
Carefully planned cutouts shape the new basement-level music room and the lap pool next to the home even as the private spaces feel relaxed and inviting. Still inherently traditional and yet unmistakably modern on the inside this is a bushland home that bridges two different design philosophies.